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Recent ACs / Information Sought
« on: August 09, 2021, 15:44:22 »
Leaf-spring Cobra VIN CSX2069 has recently appeared on the tracks, last as car 98 at the Silverstone Classic RAC Historic Tourist Trophy.
Both ACOC and SAAC registers record 2069 as believed destroyed in the 60s. Any information regarding the current car's origin would be much appreciated, either on this forum or in confidence to or 01367 810231.



Recent ACs / And Another New Model
« on: January 07, 2021, 17:23:26 »
AC Cars has created Autokraft by AC electric scooters, a new generation of road-worthy, emissions-free urban vehicles.

Scooter aficionados can get further info at


The following website, referenced on the SAAC Forum, has some very interesting comparisons:


Recent ACs / Re-imagined British Motoring Icon
« on: December 09, 2019, 14:41:37 »
AC's 21st century progress:

November 2019
   'In 2020 AC Cars will launch a British motoring icon re-imagined for the electric age.'
December 2016
   'The AC Cobra 378 will be produced in 2017 as a reborn version of the classic sports car with a V8 engine and a traditional ladder chassis.'
September 2016
   'AC Cars will build nine new aluminium-bodied AC Cobras as part of a ‘legacy’ series.'
March 2012
   'AC returns to Geneva with four car line-up including a new supercar.'
February 2011
   'AC has announced it's returning to the UK market and will exhibit the Mk VI version of its venerable roadster at the 2011 Geneva motor show.'
April 2008
   'Acedes Holdings, LLC (“AC Cars”) has today announced that it will be manufacturing certain derivatives of its heritage product in the USA.'
March 2006
   'An agreement between Texas-based Unique Performance and AC Cars Ltd. will officially return genuine sports cars from the historic British marque to North America.'
November 2005
   'AC Cars, Britain's oldest sports car company, will build its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Bridgeport as part of a strategy to increase its American sales.'

Announcements are expected to continue apace.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / csx2450
« on: November 24, 2019, 17:40:34 »
CSX2450 was destroyed in December 1966 in a workshop fire in Fairfield, Iowa, together with many other vehicles. Fifty plus years later a Cobra that is claimed to be 2450 has appeared in France. Any information on this car, which would appear to have originated in France, would be much appreciated.

Robin Stainer
ACOC Cobra Registrar
44-1367 810231

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Tour Auto 2019
« on: May 05, 2019, 12:35:45 »
Does anyone know the chassis number (VIN) of the light blue James Cottingham/Andrew Smith Cobra (car# 203)?


PS: Internet videos & photos show 2349 quitting the Tour in an unusual way.

General Forum / News from Essex
« on: September 19, 2018, 15:41:15 »
Derek Hood (JD Classics) bought an £84,000 AC Aceca (BE621) and sold it for £254,000 three weeks later. The casual observer would say that DH is either very astute or less than frank in his buyer representations. Sean Brannigan QC’s assessment is blunter: “....fraudulent misrepresentation....” (5th March).

JD Classics went into administration last week ( Its assets were acquired yesterday so it remains a going concern: whether Mr Brannigan’s client sees any of his money (£9,000,000 is claimed) or Lloyd’s recover any of their advances (said to be circa £25,000,000) only time will tell.


A US dealer offers for sale a vehicle described as a 1964 (sometimes 1965) ‘Ford 289 Shelby Cobra s/n COB5998’. The Club categorises this vehicle, bearing an AC rather than Shelby VIN, as Replica completed in 1995.

Please email me for our public-domain findings if you would like further information.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 Photographs
« on: April 17, 2018, 13:46:59 »
California-based Robert Walker, author of the highly-acclaimed ‘Cobra Pilote-The Ed Hugus Story’, is writing an account of each of the early worm & sector Cobras for publication later this year.

He is looking for photographs (other than from the normal sources) of any Cobras from CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 and would greatly appreciate any help you could give. If you have anything of potential interest, please contact Robert Walker at <>. Credit for photos published will have photographer's name listed in each caption.

'Cobra Pilote' is an excellent addition to serious Cobra reference works and I encourage you to help this author.

Robin Stainer
AC Owners' Club Cobra Registrar

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Monterey - Is it too big?
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:07:06 »
A thoughtful article:

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
« on: June 05, 2017, 17:10:12 »
A Cobra asserted to be CSX2484 is offered for sale in London ‘following a recent comprehensive restoration to FIA specification’. 2484 was destroyed in 1966, leaving no physical remains other than its documentation.
   The 2484 now for sale was constructed in 2003 using the chassis discarded when 2343 was rebuilt as a Daytona Coupe, as recorded in the Register’s Replicas Appendix.

Recent ACs / Replica of a Replica
« on: May 10, 2016, 19:47:16 »
Yours for £25,000:
   See Register Appendix - replica leaf spring cars - COX 6059.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / 2016 Tour Auto
« on: April 18, 2016, 21:26:16 »
Any ideas as to car no 217's VIN? It's the Gutierrez/Dot 64 Shelby Cobra.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Racing Cobras - COB 6042
« on: November 10, 2015, 20:25:29 »
String, which had escaped to the Frua section, re-continued here
   Recently unearthed evidence is that Derek Ridler's LEC racecar was 6042, bought by Ridler from barrister Peter Sheridan and sold when Ridler finished with it to racer Bill Wood.
   6042 & 6045 were delivered on the same day to the same Central London (Knightsbridge) agent and registered at the same time. 42 got CLH 3B and 45 the preceding CLH 2B. Another distinguishing 6042 feature is its factory option 'top tint' windscreen, in place throughout its Sheridan/Ridler/Wood ownership.
   See the register (members' area) for further info.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CS2030
« on: November 07, 2015, 12:35:01 »
It has now been established that 2030 has continuous history as a complete vehicle. The updated register reads:
   AC Cars demonstration car. 4.2 Ltr engine. Instructions issued 12-9-62
   RHD. Listed on Shelby American ledger as ""AC test car"".  Completed at Thames Ditton and not sent to the USA. Believed to have been the prototype rack & pinion car. Registered 1 Nov 62 and used by AC as factory demonstrator. Sold 18 Nov 63.
   Severely damaged, believed to be front end collision followed by fire; log book stamped ‘insurance total loss payment’ (68/9). Salvageable components kept together, front end of chassis and front A frame replaced and new body made, with hood scoop, side vents and larger wheel arches. Purchased dismantled by Ronald Horsey (81).  Rebuilt with the new body, replacement 6 bolt 289 engine, non-standard dashboard, incorrect instruments, Ace-style seats, incorrect filler cap & 6” wheels. Rebuild completed in 84.
   [Shelby American/AC (63), D Cromby (68), Rupert Nuttall (71), John Southon (81)]

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